Joshua 21:12
New International Version
But the fields and villages around the city they had given to Caleb son of Jephunneh as his possession.

New Living Translation
But the open fields beyond the town and the surrounding villages were given to Caleb son of Jephunneh as his possession.

English Standard Version
But the fields of the city and its villages had been given to Caleb the son of Jephunneh as his possession.

Berean Study Bible
But they had given the fields and villages around the city to Caleb son of Jephunneh as his possession.

King James Bible
But the fields of the city, and the villages thereof, gave they to Caleb the son of Jephunneh for his possession.

New King James Version
But the fields of the city and its villages they gave to Caleb the son of Jephunneh as his possession.

New American Standard Bible
But the fields of the city and its villages they gave to Caleb the son of Jephunneh as his possession.

NASB 1995
But the fields of the city and its villages they gave to Caleb the son of Jephunneh as his possession.

NASB 1977
But the fields of the city and its villages, they gave to Caleb the son of Jephunneh as his possession.

Amplified Bible
But the fields of the city and its villages they had given to Caleb the son of Jephunneh as his property.

Christian Standard Bible
But they gave the fields and settlements of the city to Caleb son of Jephunneh as his possession.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But they gave the fields and villages of the city to Caleb son of Jephunneh as his possession.

American Standard Version
But the fields of the city, and the villages thereof, gave they to Caleb the son of Jephunneh for his possession.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the fields of the city and the rest of its suburbs they gave to Kalab, son of Yuphna, in his inheritance

Brenton Septuagint Translation
But the lands of the city, and its villages Joshua gave to the sons of Chaleb the son of Jephonne for a possession.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But the fields and the villages thereof he had given to Caleb the son of Jephone for his possession.

English Revised Version
But the fields of the city, and the villages thereof, gave they to Caleb the son of Jephunneh for his possession.

Good News Translation
However, the fields of the city, as well as its towns, had already been given to Caleb son of Jephunneh as his possession.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But they gave its fields and villages to Caleb, son of Jephunneh, as his possession.

International Standard Version
But the fields adjoining the city and its surrounding villages were given to Jephunneh's son Caleb.

JPS Tanakh 1917
But the fields of the city, and the villages thereof, gave they to Caleb the son of Jephunneh for his possession.

Literal Standard Version
and they have given the field of the city and its villages to Caleb son of Jephunneh for his possession.

NET Bible
(Now the city's fields and surrounding towns they had assigned to Caleb son of Jephunneh as his property.)

New Heart English Bible
But they gave the fields of the city and its villages to Caleb the son of Jephunneh for his possession.

World English Bible
But they gave the fields of the city and its villages to Caleb the son of Jephunneh for his possession.

Young's Literal Translation
and the field of the city and its villages they have given to Caleb son of Jephunneh for his possession.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Forty-Eight Cities for the Levites
11They gave them Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron), with its surrounding pasturelands, in the hill country of Judah. (Arba was the father of Anak.) 12 But they had given the fields and villages around the city to Caleb son of Jephunneh as his possession. 13So to the descendants of Aaron the priest they gave these cities, together with their pasturelands: Hebron, a city of refuge for the manslayer, Libnah,…

Cross References
Numbers 13:6
from the tribe of Judah, Caleb son of Jephunneh;

Joshua 21:11
They gave them Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron), with its surrounding pasturelands, in the hill country of Judah. (Arba was the father of Anak.)

Joshua 21:13
So to the descendants of Aaron the priest they gave these cities, together with their pasturelands: Hebron, a city of refuge for the manslayer, Libnah,

1 Samuel 30:14
We raided the Negev of the Cherethites, the territory of Judah, and the Negev of Caleb, and we burned down Ziklag."


Treasury of Scripture

But the fields of the city, and the villages thereof, gave they to Caleb the son of Jephunneh for his possession.

Joshua 14:13-15
And Joshua blessed him, and gave unto Caleb the son of Jephunneh Hebron for an inheritance…

1 Chronicles 6:55-57
And they gave them Hebron in the land of Judah, and the suburbs thereof round about it…









Verse 12. - The fields. The original is in the singular. We are not necessarily, therefore, to suppose that the land was mapped out into divisions analogous to our fields. Our word "land" would more accurately represent the meaning of the original, which refers to the arable and pasture land in the neighbourhood of the city, with the agricultural villages or homesteads dotted about it. Keil contends that the Levites only received as many houses within the city as they needed, and that the rest belonged to Caleb. Bahr, moreover ('Symbolik,' 2:49), supposed that the Levites dwelt with the other inhabitants of the city, and that the pasture land within the distance of 2,000 paces from the city was reserved for them, the rest of the land belonging to the inhabitants of the tribe (see note on Gezer, ch. 10:33). This seems the most probable explanation. The land in general was owned by the descendants of Caleb. But the Levites had certain pastures reserved for them, whither they drove their cattle (see note on suburbs, Joshua 14:4). The special information about Hebron here again is worthy of notice. It is copied by the author of 1 Chronicles in ch. 6.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
But they had given
נָֽתְנ֛וּ (nā·ṯə·nū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 5414: To give, put, set

the fields
שְׂדֵ֥ה (śə·ḏêh)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 7704: Field, land

and villages
חֲצֵרֶ֑יהָ (ḥă·ṣê·re·hā)
Noun - common plural construct | third person feminine singular
Strong's 2691: A yard, a hamlet

around the city
הָעִ֖יר (hā·‘îr)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 5892: Excitement

to Caleb
לְכָלֵ֥ב (lə·ḵā·lêḇ)
Preposition-l | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3612: Caleb -- a son of Jephunneh and sent by Moses to spy out the land

son
בֶּן־ (ben-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 1121: A son

of Jephunneh
יְפֻנֶּ֖ה (yə·p̄un·neh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3312: Jephunneh -- father of Caleb, also an Asherite

as his possession.
בַּאֲחֻזָּתֽוֹ׃ (ba·’ă·ḥuz·zā·ṯōw)
Preposition-b | Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 272: Something seized, a possession


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